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Josh Kurtz: Getting Schooled by Larry Hogan

When she announced her resignation last month, State Superintendent of Education Lillian Lowery described her new gig, heading an early education nonprofit in Columbus, Ohio, as an irresistible opportunity. Perhaps it was. But it is also possible that Lowery, a lifelong public school teacher and administrator who spent almost four years in the top job, saw changes coming in the state that she did not want to be a part of. Quietly, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is seeking to remake the Maryland State Board of Education, filling it with advocates for charter schools, religious education and greater corporate involvement in the management of schools. Five of Hogan’s appointees are already serving on the state board on a provisional basis – their nominations will be considered by the state Senate next year – and by the end of 2016 the overwhelming majority of the 11 board members will be Hogan’s appointees (a... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: The Bottom Line: Exporting Is Critical to Future Growth of Baltimore Region’s Economy

Did you know that the lion’s share of the world’s purchasing power lies outside the United States? It’s actually a statistic worth thinking about: 70 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. And that is only expected to grow in the coming years as emerging economies in South America, Asia and the Far East expand and increasingly need goods and services produced by more advanced countries like the U.S. and Europe. Now, let me pose another question: Do you know where the Baltimore metro area ranks when it comes to the percentage of the goods and services produced that are exported? The region is near the bottom, unfortunately. The ranking is No. 90 on the list of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States when it comes to  the value of exports as a share of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP). Exports represented only... Continue reading
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Featured Video: Charm City Youth Lacrosse | US Lacrosse Stick Stories

Meet Cedric and Kendall, two young men from Baltimore whose lives were forever impacted by playing lacrosse and the work of Charm City Youth Lacrosse. Founded by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler in 2009, its goal is to build a full scale league modeled after the best leagues in the Baltimore area by starting with the youngest players and getting kids involved in structured athletics before they are pulled into less positive activities. Cedric was recently accepted at The Boy's Latin School.... Continue reading
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Center Maryland Exclusive: Medical Cannabis Patients in Maryland

Bob Morgan, GTI-Maryland advisor and former Statewide Project Coordinator of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, reviews Maryland’s new medical cannabis policy that is both methodized and restrictive. Applicants will face heavy scrutiny as they seek to acquire a grower, processor, dispenser, or a patient/caregiver license. In order for someone to be treated with medical cannabis, one must have a physician certified diagnosis of a severe condition – such as cancer or PTSD. There will be various, regulated avenues in which this new medicine will be distributed and administered.... Continue reading
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Laslo Boyd: Brian Frosh -- Full Speed Ahead

When I asked Attorney General Brian Frosh to review the major initiatives that he has been working on since taking office at the start of 2015, he quickly gave me more than a column full of activities.  For anyone who watched his career in the Maryland General Assembly, it’s no surprise that Frosh is fully engaged in his new job and is not flinching in taking on issues that he sees as important regardless of the opposition. A key to Frosh’s energy and enthusiasm is, as he told me, that he loves the job.  And, despite all sorts of fundamental differences between this role and his previous one, he also loved being a state legislator.  In an era when many public officials shy away from being labeled as progressive or liberal, Frosh clearly believes that government can be a force for good.  He has always had a constant set of values... Continue reading
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